By Gilbert and Sullivan
Excerpt from Act I., relayed from the Prince's Theatre
Chorus of Contadini
For tho Merriest Fellows are We We're Called Gondolieri
And Now to Choose Our Brides In Enterprise of Martial Kind
Sung by Vivienne Chatterton
Geduld (Patience), Op. 10
Die Zeitlose (The Saffron), Op. 10
Allerseelen (All Souls' Day), Op. 10 Die Nacht (Night), Op. 10
Zueignung (Dedication), Op. 10
Richard Strauss (born 1864) is one of the most famous of living composers. His Orchestral works and Operas are known wherever there are Orchestras and Opera Houses of sufficient resources to perform them. One of his best-known Operas is Der Rosenkavalier (The Rose Cavalier), which has been heard several times at Covent Garden. Lately it has been made into a film with incidental music arranged from the Opera. Last April the composer himself came to London to conduct the first British performance of this, and shortly he will again visit London to conduct the concert of his works in the B.B.C.'s International Series at the Albert Hall.
The Songs of Strauss have contributed less to his fame than his larger works, but among the hundred and twenty or so that he has written there are a number that have become popular. The general characteristics of his songs are romantic feeling, rich harmony, and freedom of form.
1. JOHNSON at the CHESHIRE CHEESE
2. FALSTAFF at the BOAR'S HEAD TAVERN
3. PICKWICK at the GOLDEN CROSS
Arranged and Announced by CECIL LEWIS
MANY of the famous old inns of London have associations with notable characters in fiction or in fact. Tize 'Old Cheshire Cheese,' behind Fleet Street, remains to this day as it was when Dr. Johnson, the Great Cham of letters in his time, used to hold his court there, talking to Goldsmith and Garrick and Sir Joshua Reynolds and the rest of that circle of wits, whilst the assiduous Boswell memorized their conversation as the material for his monumental ' Life.' The ' Boar's Head Tavern' in East-cheap was the haunt of Falstaff and his crowd of amusing scoundrels in Shakespeare's Henry I V., and it was there that the fat knight died babbling o green fields; and it was from the old ' Golden Cross ' at Charing Cross, a great coaching house, that Mr. Pickwick and his friends set out on their famous tour, and first met that Mr. Jingle who was to cross their path so often before they met him for the last time in the Fleet Prison. In this programme Mr. Lewis will reconstruct incidents in the legendary history of these three taverns, in which these three famous Londoners took part.
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